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Wilfred WoodOctober 11, 1926 ~ August 18, 2017 (age 90)
Wilfred J. Wood (Bill), 90, formerly of Groveland and East Hampstead, N.H., passed away Aug. 18th after battling dementia.
Bill Wood was born in Manchester, England on October 11, 1926. He was the eldest of two children born to Wilfred Joseph and Anne (Ridings) Wood.
Bill had a tough childhood. Bill’s mother passed away at the age of 10 and his father struggled with alcoholism. After his mother passed, Bill took over enormous responsibilities, including caring for his younger sister Elizabeth (Hayes). At a very young age Bill worked multiple jobs as a tailor and window designer to help put food on the table. He later pursued his passion of playing the trumpet and became a musician. Bill courageously served in the English Army at the end of World War 2 starting his service in Scotland and later to India to complete his service requirements during the Indian civil war before the Pakistan declared independence in the summer of 1947. He was highly regarded by his comrades.
Bill met the love of his life, Patricia Ellis in England, while performing as a trumpet player in his big band orchestra and they married in 1958. In 1962, Bill and Patricia moved to the United States where they raised their two daughters Courtney (Wrenn) and Christie (Domoracki) in Groveland. From the time that he moved to the states, until his retirement, he worked at Western Electric (Lucent) starting as a draftsman and working his way up to engineer after earning an engineering degree at night school at Northeastern University.
Bill was a loving father and grandfather. He was often seen playing tennis or jogging around the track at Cedardale Athletic Club in Haverhill, with his daughters whom he helped train. He and Patricia moved to East Hampstead, N.H. in 1991 after his retirement from Lucent. Bill continued to play the trumpet and was an active member of the Timberlane Community Band up until the age of 86.
Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia, his two daughters, Courtney (Bradenton, Fla.) and Christie (Hamilton); his son-in-law, Gary Domoracki, as well as his eight grandchildren, G. Steven, Kelsey, Meghan, Lyndsay, Sean, Kaitlyn, Luke and Christopher. He will be greatly missed by his wife, two daughters and all of his grandchildren who have always adored him.
Funeral services will be privately held by his family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).